Wilmington, North Carolina
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Wilmington is a city located in the southern coastal region of the present-day U.S. state of North Carolina. This region had been inhabited by native peoples for thousands of years prior to European invasion. By the time the Europeans had arrived, however, the area was predominantly claimed by tribes belonging to the Algonquian family.
It is believed the first European to visit what would become the city of Wilmington, North Carolina’s current site was the explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano during the 16th century. Permanent European settlement wouldn’t come to be until the English, specifically the land owner John Watson and the first Royal Governor George Burrington, founded a settlement first known as “New Carthage,” in 1732. The settlement had a few names, such as “New Liverpool,” “New Town,” “Newton,” until the town was officially incorporated as Wilmington, North Carolina in 1739 or 1740, in honor of Spencer Compton, Earl of Wilmington.
Much further on in history, the city of Wilmington, North Carolina served as a point of major opposition to the British, and then became a major port for Confederate and privately owned blockade runners during the American Civil War. Still not done with its role as a flashpoint for the country, the city of Wilmington, North Carolina was the site of the Wilmington “Insurrection of 1898,” where White Democrats, frustrated by several elections which went against them in favor of Republicans and African Americans, overthrew the legitimately elected municipal government, killing at least 100 African Americans in the process. This is the only successful coup detat in United States history. As a result, many African Americans left the city, which affects its demographics to this day.
Today, according to a 2016 estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau, the city of Wilmington, North Carolina has a total population of 117,525 people. This makes it the eight most populous city in the entire state of North Carolina. Wilmington, North Carolina is considered the principal city of the Wilmington Metropolitan Statistical Area. According to that same 2016 estimate, the Wilmington Metropolitan Statistical Area has a total population of 282,573 people. This makes it the 167th most populous metropolitan area in the entire United States of America.
Predictably, Wilmington, North Carolina is best known for its coastal features. In fact, the city’s riverfront was ranked by the readers of USA Today as the “Best American Riverfront” of 2014. However, the riverfront isn’t the city’s only attraction. Indeed, the Wilmington National Cemetery is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1867 in the Colonial Revival style of architecture, this cemetery features 6,171 bodies dating back all the way to the American Revolutionary War. Wilmington is also home to EUE Screen Gems Studios, “the largest domestic television and movie production facility outside California.”
Wilmington, North Carolina is home to three professional sporting franchises of note. Tobacco Road Basketball League’s Wilmington Sea Dawgs play their home games in the Wilmington YMCA. United Soccer League’s Wilmington Hammerheads play their home matches at Legion Stadium. The Hammerheads have one title to their name. Baseball’s Coastal Plain League’s Wilmington Sharks play their home games at Buck Hardee Field at Legion Stadium. The Sharks have two titles to their name.
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